Anna Watts
I am an Associate Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam. My group studies neutron stars, in particular the violent dynamical events such as starquakes and magnetic or thermonuclear explosions that they undergo on a regular basis. We aim to understand the physics that drives these processes, and to use them to study the nature of the densest matter and strongest magnetic fields in our Universe.

Space telescopes are a vital part of our research: I co-Chair the Dense Matter Science Working Group for the proposed Chinese-European Enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry (eXTP) mission, having previously led the Dense Matter Working Group for the proposed ESA M-class Large Observatory for X-ray Timing (LOFT). I am also part of the Science Team for the NASA probe mission concept study STROBE-X. I am Secretary of the Steering Committee for IAU Division D (High Energy Phenomena and Fundamental Physics) and a member of the Fermi User Group and the NL LOFAR Advisory Committee. I am an NWO Vidi and ERC Starter Grant laureate, and Chair of Network 3 (Astrophysics in extreme conditions) for NOVA, the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy.